Wed, Aug 29, 11:43am by Staff Writer
The 2018 NFL pre-season is now in full swing and with only one match remaining after the weekend’s slates, teams will look to give more reps to their starting players, with an eye toward opening day.
The 2017 Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, dropped to 0-3 in the pre-season with a 5-0 loss to the Cleveland Browns. It is Cleveland’s second win of the pre-season, after going 0-16 last season. Nick Foles threw two interceptions in limited time, as the Browns won by a quirky five-point margin.
The Eagles are the shortest-priced team in the NFC to win the Super Bowl at $10 at Sportsbet.
By contrast, the Browns are on the other end of the spectrum and are $101 to win the Super Bowl. They are expected to finish bottom of the AFC North, with the Pittsburgh Steeler $1.36 favourites to take out that division. The Baltimore Ravens are paying $4.50, with the Cincinnati Bengal at $9 and the Browns $15.
The Bengals travelled to western New York and took care of business against Buffalo, winning 26-13. The Bengals led 20-0 at half-time, with Andy Dalton throwing two touchdowns and 180 yards in an 11/16 performance.
The Bengals are $67 to win the Super Bowl, while the Bills are the longest price of any team at $151.
The New England Patriots lost their first game of the pre-season 25-14 in Carolina. Tom Brady threw 12/18 for 102 yards in the game, with his opposite Cam Newton going 11/17 for 142 yards.
It was almost a disastrous day for the Panthers, with Cam Newton avoided a serious injury when he scrambled out of the pocket and dove on a third-and-9 play headfirst. He left the game, but returned four players later. The Panthers are undefeated in the pre-season.
They are $34 to win the Super Bowl and are part of a competitive NFC South division. The Panthers are $4 to win the division, with New Orleans ($2.60) favoured narrowly ahead of Atlanta ($2.63). Tampa Bay is paying $9 to win the division.
The New Orleans Saints ($17) crushed the Los Angeles Chargers ($21) by a 36-7 scoreline in a game that featured both Drew Brees and Philip Rivers.
Tampa Bay ($67) spurned a 21-point lead to lose 33-30 to the Detroit Lions ($51) in Tampa. Matt Stafford was 9/18 for the Lions, while Jameis Winston threw a touchdown for Tampa.
The Jacksonville Jaguars were defeated in last season’s AFC Championship game and are one of the AFC’s contenders this season. They are $19 to win the Super Bowl and defeated Atlanta 17-6 on the weekend.
Arizona ($81) put together a clinical performance against a ragged Dallas Cowboys ($26) team in Arlington, winning 27-3.
Baltimore ($34) beat Miami ($81) by a 27-10 scoreline at Miami Gardens, with Robert Griffin III throwing for 66 yards in a 9/15 performance. Ryan Tannehill featured for the home side, with a touchdown and 115 yards.
The New York Giants ($51) defeated the New York Jets ($151) 22-16 in their annual pre-season match at MetLife Stadium.
The Denver Broncos ($41) grabbed its first win of the pre-season with a 29-12 win at Washington ($67).
The Minnesota Vikings ($11) toppled Seattle ($34) 21-20 in a close match in Minneapolis, while the Raiders got the better of the Packers thanks to a 10-0 last quarter, winning 13-6.
The Chicago Bears ($81), Los Angeles Rams ($12), Indianapolis Colts ($51) and Pittsburgh Steelers ($11) were among the weekend’s other winners.
Super Bowl 53 Odds – Sportsbet
New England Patriots $6
Philadelphia Eagles $10
Green Bay Packers $11
Minnesota Vikings $11
Pittsburgh Steelers $11
LA Rams $12
New Orleans Saints $17
Jacksonville Jaguars $19
Atlanta Falcons $19
LA Chargers $21
Houston Texans $21
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